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Matt Dodge heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2007: Officially joined the Pirate program in January, 2007 … Punted 80 times for 3,307 yards … Second Pirate in school history to record 80 or more punts in a single-season … On C-USA charts, ranked fifth in punting average (41.3) … 2006: Attended ECU but was not a member of the football program…2005: Saw action in all 12 games at Appalachian State as a freshman … Had 41 punts for 1,626 yards (39.7 avg).
*Linval Joseph heading into Jr season: All-Conference USA first-team choice by the league's coaches in 2009…Started all fourteen games at right defensive tackle, helping pace a unit that ranked second in the conference and 27th nationally vs. the run (120.29 ypg), led the league in scoring defense (21.93 ppg) and ranked third in total defense (378.29 ypg)…Recorded a career-best 60 tackles (22 solos) with three sacks for minus 17 yards…Led the team and ranked sixth in the conference with 13.0 stops for losses of 39 yards and tied for the team lead with fourteen quarterback pressures...Joseph started 27-of-41 games at East Carolina - eighteen at right defensive tackle and nine at nose guard…Registered 143 tackles (57 solos) with 6.5 sacks for minus 47 yards, 29.5 stops for losses totaling 96 yards and 20 quarterback pressures…Recovered and caused three fumbles…Deflected two passes and blocked three kicks…Also carried once for a 1-yard touchdown vs. Southern Mississippi in 2009.
C.J. Wilson heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 35 Sol-70 TT, 18.5 TFL, 10.5 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Ranked among the nation’s top 30 and among Conference USA’s top two in sacks (27th/2nd) and tackles for lost yardage (26th/1st) during junior season … Logged a season-high three tackles for lost yardage at Tulane (-7) … Earned C-USA Defensive Playerof-the-Week accolades for effort vs. the Green Wave … A first-team All-Conference USA selection by league head coaches … Also earned C-USA Defensive MVP and C-USA Player-of-the-Year honors from the Sporting News and ESPN.com, respectively … Recipient of the defensive line’s Overton Decal Award for racking up the most helmet stickers (52). 2007: 13 GP; 9 GS; 17 Sol-36 TT, 10.5 TFL, 7 SK, 12 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF, 2 BLK; Earned All-Conference USA (second-team) honors as selected by league coaches … Ranked sixth in C-USA in total sacks (7.0) and sacks per game (0.54) … Led team with 12 QB hurries … 2006: 13 GP; 7 GS; 17 Sol-29 TT, 6 TFL, 4 SK, 4 QBH; A true freshman who made an immediate impact, started seven of 13 games … Recorded at least one sack in five of last eight games and booked a tackle in 11 of 13 contests. 2005: Enrolled at ECU in the fall but officially joined the Pirate football program after the spring semester (2006) in compliance after completing NCAA eligibility requirements.
Justin Hardy heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcons' seven picks: Round 4/107 -- Justin Hardy, WR, 5-10, 192, East Carolina...He set the record for most career receptions in bowl subdivision history last season. Hardy played in 63 games for the Pirates and finished his career with 387 catches for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns. He broke the record against Tulane last season in a 34-6 victory. He moved pass the previous record of 349 set by Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles in 2011. Hardy had just one Division II scholarship offer in high school before ending up at East Carolina as a preferred walk-on. He had originally signed with Fayetteville State, but was given a release to walk-on at ECU. He spent his first year on the scout team before earning a scholarship a year later and quickly earning a lead role in the pass-heavy offense. - The Sports Xchange
Dwayne Harris heading into rSr season: 2010 CONFERENCE USA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (COACHES)...Harris, who was a first-team all-conference selection as a wide receiver and punt returner in 2010, set Pirate single-season records with 1,123 receiving yards and 101 receptions. He became one of only three ECU pass catchers to ever record over 1,000 receiving yards in a year and the only one with 90 or more grabs during a season. In his final campaign, Harris led C-USA in receptions per game (7.8) while standing third in receiving yards per game (86.4) and all-purpose yards per game (176.0), and fourth in punt return average (11.7). Among all 2010 FBS players, he ranked fourth in all-purpose yards per game and sixth in receptions per game. Harris also finished in the top 25 at the FBS level in total reception yards (15th), receiving yards per game (18th) and punt return yards per game (21st)...2009: Played in all 14 games and made seven starts … Also served as the Pirates’ top kickoff return specialist, standing among the nation’s Top 20 witha 27.0 yards-per-return average … Set a program record with three scoring returns in 2009, bringing back kicks to the endzone in games vs. SMU, Riceand UAB … In all, made 37 returns for exactly 1,000 yards … As an honors winning wide receiver, was ECU’s top pass catcher with 83 receptions for 978 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns …2008: Made five starts in 10 games before suffering a season-ending foot injury at Southern Miss which sidelined him for the last four games ... Still finished the season as the Pirates' leading receiver, making 58 catches for 654 yards - an average of 11.3 yards per catch ... In all, eclipsed the century mark in all-purpose yards on seven occasions ...2007: Versatile athlete who played in all 13 games with two starts ... Named to the 2007 C-USA All-Freshman Team as a punt returner by both media and coaches ... Ranked sixth among all league punt returners (8.1 ypr) ... Ranked second on the team with 782 all-purpose yards (197/run, 246/receiving, 250/PR, 89/KOR) ... Snagged 26 passes for 246 yards (9.5 ypr) with two scores ... Scored three TDs ... 10-of-26 receptions went for 10 or more yards and three for 20 or more ... Rushed 20 times for 197 yards (9.9 ypc) with one TD ...2006: Redshirted.
Davon Drew heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 19-196-10.3-2; 2 Sol-2 TT; Started 12 of 13 games played at tight end ... A honorable mention All-Conference USA selection by league coaches … Had 19 receptions for 196 yards (10.3 avg.) with two TDs ... Caught a season-high four passes on two occasions (UNC and UCF) ... Hauled down at least one pass in nine games ... Caught seven passes for 10 or more yards and three for 20 or more ...2006: 13 GP; 6 GS; Rec: 16-187-11.7-3; Played in all 13 games and made six starts (opened six of 11 games in which ECU came out in a tight end package) ... Made 16 receptions for 187 yards (11.7 avg.) and three touchdowns (UAB, SMU and Rice) ... Caught first career pass (21 yards) in first career start against Navy (9/2) ...2005: Did not experience any action despite status on travel roster as reserve quarterback...2004: Redshirted ... Turned in notable performances on scout squad, preparing East Carolina defensive unit on a weekly basis by emulating opponent signal callers ... Earned program's Rick Bankston Memorial Award, symbolic of the scout team's offensive player- of-the-year.
Dominique Davis heading into rSr season: 2010: Conference USA Newcomer-of the-Year, Honorable Mention All-C-USA … Established East Carolina single-season records in touchdown passes (37), attempts (609), completions (393) and passing yards (3,967) … Went 16-of-18 on fourth down for 14 first downs and two scores (including the game-winning TD at Southern Miss) … Led C-USA in passing yards per game (305.2) and stood second in total offensive yards per game (316.0) … Ended the year leading all FBS players in completions per game (30.2) … finished second among all FBS players in points per game responsible for (21.4) and third in total touchdown passes (37) … Sept. 6 and Oct. 18 Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week … Missed the start of the 2010 January academic semester, preventing participation in spring drills … Elected one of the offensive game-day captains for 10 of 13 games. JUCO: Led Fort Scott CC Greyhounds to a No. 2 national ranking NJCAA/JCFootball.com poll … Fort Scott led the NJCAA in total offense (492.0 ypg) … Completed 113-of-215 passes during the season for 1,467 yards and eight touchdowns in leading FSCC to a conference title … Also rushed for 12 TDs to earn all-conference honors. 2008: At Boston College: Took over for the injured Chris Crane midway through the second quarter at Wake Forest, completed 13-of-23 passes for 103 yards at Wake Forest, engineered a nine play, 70-yard drive in the final minutes for the come-from-behind win … then started the last three games…completed 63-of-138 passes on the year for 741 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions…went 15-for-36 for 190 yards and two touchdowns against Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl… also rushed six times for 33 yards. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Brother, Desmond Clark, plays tight end for the NFL's Chicago Bears.
Willie Smith heading into rSr season: 2010: Smith, the starting left tackle for the final 27 games of his career, helped the Pirates set 16 offensive records in 2010. East Carolina finished the campaign with a No. 8 national ranking in passing offense (318.7 ypg) and No. 16 in scoring (36.8 ppg). He provided pass protection and running holes for ECU to establish new standards for offensive touchdowns (60), passing scores (39), passing completion percentage (64.6), passing yards (4,143), total points (478) and points in Conference USA games (346). Additionally, Smith was the leader of an offensive line that stood 20th nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.2)...2009: Experienced action in a total of 933 snaps, the second-highest number of plays among all Pirate offensive linemen … Started all 14 games at left tackle … Overall, recorded 41 knockdown blocks … Established a season-high knockdown total of five in games against UAB and Houston … Also booked four each in road games at Marshall and Memphis. 2008: Played in all 14 games, mostly in a special teams role ... Opened the campaign as a tight end but was then relocated to the tackle slot prior to the Southern Miss game ... Experienced 48 snaps as an offensive lineman and was credited with two knockdown blocks ... Made line debut against UAB with participation in 11 plays ... Logged 37 snaps the following week against UTEP and recorded both knockdowns against the Miners to help ECU establish season-highs in total yards (475) and points (53) ... Began sophomore season in a battle with J.R. Kraemer for top reserve standing behind Davon Drew at tight end (before move to tackle). 2007: A redshirt freshman who played in 11 games and recorded seven tackles (two solo, five assists) ... Credited with one TFL (-1 yard) ... Tallied a career-high three stops against UAB before adding two more a week later vs. Memphis ... Also booked single tackles against Houston (first career stop) and UCF, which resulted in lost yardage ... Forced first fumble against Knights ... Made collegiate debut at Virginia Tech, but did not record defensive statistics ... Did not play against North Carolina and Southern Miss. 2006: Redshirted.
Jay Ross heading into Sr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 18 Sol-48 TT, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 4 QBH, 2 FR, 1 BLK; Second on team in sacks, third on the team with 9.5 tackles for lost yardage and was the unit’s co-leader with a pair of fumble recoveries … Turned in career-high tackle performances in perhaps two of the biggest games of the year, recording eight stops each against West Virginia and Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game … Left Southern Miss contest early with a hip injury … Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors as selected by league head coaches. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 13 Sol-38 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 SK, 4 PBU, 7 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Selected to the All-Conference USA squad (honorable mention) by league coaches … Did not start against Southern Miss. 2006: 11 GP; 2 GS; 5 Sol-7 TT, 1 PBU; Two starts came in back-to-back games (Virginia and Tulsa). 2005: Enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2005 but officially joined the Pirate football program after the spring semester once NCAA eligibility requirements were met.
Khalif Mitchell heading into rSr season: 2007: 11 GP; 6 GS; 10 Sol-19 TT, 5.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 3 QBH; A honorable mention All-Conference USA selection (coaches) … Recorded 19 tackles (10 solo, nine assists) in 11 games played (six starts) … Had 5.5 TFLs (-24 yards) and two sacks (-20 yards)...Sat out the 2006 season in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations after arrival in late summer...2005: 11 GP; 2 GS; 4 Sol-13 TT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FR; As a sophomore in 2005, he recorded 13 tackles, four quarterback hurries and recovered two fumbles...2004: 11 GP; 1 GS; 9 Sol-15 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Had 15 tackles, including nine primary stops and six assists for the Tar Heels ... Recorded 4.5 tackles for lost yardage and 1.5 sacks.
Emanuel Davis heading into rSr season: 2010: Suspended for 2011 opener after arrest for public intoxication, resisting police officer in June ... Second Team All-Conference USA by coaches with two interceptions and nine pass break-ups … Finished with 54 tackles, 36 solo, three for loss … Also forced a fumble against SMU … Preseason Honors: First-Team All-Conference USA by Phil Steele Magazine and league coaches. 2009: East Carolina's leader in pass breakups with 12 … Also netted two interceptions … Credited with 69 tackles, a team-high 51 of those coming as solo hits, one fumble recovery (UCF) and one forced fumble (SMU) … Tallied a total of 4.0 tackles for lost yardage (-9) … Played in 12 games and made nine starts … Suffered a right shoulder injury coming off the bench vs. Appalachian State (one special teams tackle) in the season opener and was sidelined for the next two contests. 2008: Played in 13 of 14 games (UTEP) and made five starts … East Carolina's co-leader in interceptions with four, returning one for a touchdown against Houston … credited with 45 tackles, 27 solo, 2.5 for loss, and led the squad with eight pass breakups … Stood second among all special teams tacklers with eight … Selected to multiple All-Freshman (national) squads … Named to Conference USA's All-Freshman Team by league head coaches … Earned C-USA Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his play against Marshall (six tackles, two interceptions for 31 return yards) … returned interception for 11-yard TD against Houston. 2007: Redshirted.
Dominique Lindsay heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 66-205-3.1-5; Rec: 9-58-6.4-1; KR: 2-58-29-0; 2 Sol-5 TT, 1 FR, 1 FF; A multi-dimensional back who experienced action in all 13 games … Ranked third on the team with 205 rushing yards (66 carries) … Scored five rushing TDs (one each vs. USM, UAB, Memphis and two vs. Boise State) … Caught nine passes out of the backfield for 58 yards and one TD… 2006: 6 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 39-192-4.9-0; Rec: 3-20-6.7-0; Played in six games as a sophomore, bouncing back from a serious knee injury suffered during the second week of the season (vs. UAB 9/9) … Ranked fourth on unit in rushing with 192 yards despite missing the seven games … 2005: 10 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 41-210-5.1-1; Rec: 2-18-9-0; KR: 3-47-15.7-0; Played in 10 of 11 games off the bench, splitting time with Brandon Fractious as Chris Johnson's top backup … Finished third on team in rushing after picking up 210 yards on 41 carries (5.1 ypc) … Scored one TD (Marshall) … Caught a pair of passes for 18 yards, both coming in the same game at Tulsa … Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2005.
Lance Lewis heading into Sr season: 2010: Second Team All-C-USA by coaches … Set the East Carolina single-season record with 14 touchdown receptions … 89 receptions and 1,116 receiving yards were the second most in a year in ECU history … Ranked second in C-USA in receptions per game (6.8) and fourth in
receiving yards per game (85.8) … Starter of all 13 games at the “X” slot. 2009: Earned NJCAA All-Region honors after leading the 11-1 East Mississippi Lions with 52 receptions and 897 receiving yards … Averaged 17.3 yards per catch and ranked second nationally with 16 touchdown receptions ... led the Lions to the school's first-ever MACJC state football championship with a memorable 75-71 triumph over Mississippi Gulf Coast in the title game … Also ran back two punts for 54 yards during the year … Had a team third-best 34 receptions for 546 yards, including a season-long 73-yarder, and three touchdowns in eight games as a freshman at West Hills College in 2007.
Quentin Cotton heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 6 GS; 35 Sol-66 TT, 11 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Named to the preseason Butkus Award Watch List before following with 66 total tackles (35 solo, 31 assists), ranking fifth on the team … Started six of 12 games played … Tallied 11.0 TFLs for -48 yards, which ranked second on the squad … Picked off lone pass against USM, returning it 16 yards... 2006: 11 GP; 9 GS; 34 Sol-68 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Finished second on the team with 68 total tackles (34 solo, 34 assists), which include a team-high eight for lost yardage (-17) ... A third-team All-Conference USA choice by both media and head coaches ... Stood 19th among all league defenders with 6.2 tackles per game ... 2005: 2 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-2 TT; Experienced action in two games off the bench in back-to-back weeks (Memphis and UCF) ... Booked a solo tackle in each contest vs. Tigers and Golden Knights... Wears No. 50 as a tribute to favorite all-time linebacker Mike Singletary.
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